The WYEP Year In Review: 2018

WYEP year in review 2018
The best music of 2018

Beginning Wednesday evening at 7 (Nov. 28th), WYEP looks back at the best music of 2018 on the Year in Review Show. Rosemary Welsch will be your host each week, unveiling ten albums on our list of the top 50 releases of 2018. We’ll also have some highlights from the local music scene and other important moments from the year in music.

The Year in Review Show airs on Wednesday evenings from 7-8 for the rest of the year.

You can also visit our INTERACTIVE YEAR IN REVIEW FOR 2018 to see which albums have been announced along with reviews and related content.

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Top 15 Local Acts of 2018

1 townsppl Twigs

2 Benji. Smile You're Alive

3 Donora Sun To Me

4 Guy Russo Part of It All

5 Nardo Says YSDM

6 Paul Luc Bad Seed

7 Chet Vincent + Biirdwatcher Where The Earth Opens Wide

8 Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers More Yesterdays Than Tomorrows

9 Slugss Appeal

10 Dinosoul Eleven

11 The Clarks Madly In Love At The End Of The World

12 Punchline Lion

13 Jim Donovan and Sun King Warriors We See Through It

14 Mars Jackson Good Days Never Last Forever

15 Brooke Annibale Hold To The Light

Final results for the Year in Review Listeners Poll:

1    Brandi Carlile - By the Way, I Forgive You
2    Courtney Barnett - Tell Me How You Really Feel
3    Janelle Monae - Dirty Computer
4    Neko Case - Hell-On
5    Leon Bridges - Good Thing
6    Kacey Musgraves - Golden Hour
7    Paul McCartney - Egypt Station
8    Nathaniel Rateliff and The Night Sweats - Tearing at the Seams
9    Low Cut Connie - Dirty Pictures (Part 2)
10    Phosphorescent - C'est La Vie
11    First Aid Kit - Ruins
12    Lake Street Dive - Free Yourself Up
13    Dawes - Passwords
14    Amanda Shires - To the Sunset
15    Lucy Dacus - Historian
16    White Denim - Performance
17    The Jayhawks - Back Roads And Abandoned Motels
18    Father John Misty - God’s Favorite Customer
19    Calexico - The Thread That Keeps Us
20    The Decemberists - I'll Be Your Girl

Local Artist Listener Poll:

1    Jim Donovan and Sun King Warriors - We See Through It
2    Paul Luc - Bad Seed
3    The Clarks - Madly In Love At The End Of The World
4    Guy Russo - Part of It All
5    Punchline - Lion


WYEP Specialty Show Host Top 10 Lists:

Wrett Weatherspoon

host, Big Town Blues

top 10 albums


1. Buddy Guy, The Blues Is Alive and Well

2. Shemekia Copeland, America's Child

3. Billy F. Gibbons, The Big Bad Blues

4. Eric Bibb, Global Griot

5. Colin James, Miles to Go

6. Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite, No Mercy in This Land

7. Dana Fuchs, Love Lives On

8. Keesha Pratt Band, Believe

9. Ana Popovic, Like It On Top

10. Same Player Shoots Again, Our King Freddie



Kerem Gokmen

host, Dubmission

top 10 albums


1. Jeremiah Jae, Daffi (Hit+Run)

2. Kamaal Williams, The Return (Black Focus)

3. Jay Daniel, Tala (Watusi High)

4. Insólito UniVerso, La Candela Del Río (Olindo)

5. Cosmic Analog Ensemble, Une Vie Cent Détours (My Bags)

6. Natureboy Flako, Theme For a Dream (Five Easy Pieces)

7. Julien Dyne, Teal (Soundway)

8. Kaidi Tatham, It’s a World Before You (First Word)

9. Kassin, Relax (Luaka Bop)

10. Khalab, Black Noise 2084 (On The Corner)



Bruce Mountjoy

host, Bluegrass Jam Session

top 10 albums


1. High Fidelity, Hills and Home (Rebel)

2. The Allegheny Drifters, Rolling On (TAD)

3. Mile Twelve, Onwards (Mile Twelve)

4. Special Consensus, Rivers And Roads (Compass)

5. Jakob's Ferry Stragglers, Poison River (Jakob's Ferry)

6. The Travelin' McCourys, The Travelin' McCourys (McCoury Music)

7. The Highland Travelers, The Highland Travelers (Mountain Fever)

8. Echo Valley, Rise And Shine (Echo Valley)

9. Sister Sadie, Sister Sadie II (Pinecastle)

10. David Davis & The Warrior River Boys, Didn't He Ramble: The Songs Of Charlie Poole (Rounder)



Jesse Novak

host, Roots and Rhythm Mix

top 10 albums


1. Sarah Shook and the Disarmers, Years

2. Brent Cobb, Providence Canyon

3. John Prine, The Tree of Forgiveness

4. Israel Nash, Lifted

5. OCMS, Remedy

6. Pistol Annies, Interstate Gospel

7. Lucero, Among the Ghosts

8. Austin Lucas, Immortal Americans

9. I See Hawks in L.A., Live and Never Learn

10. Gospelbeach, Another Winter Alive



Rob O’Friel

Host, Rollin’ and Tumblin’

top 10 albums


1. Joe Louis Walker, Bruce Katz, Giles Robson, Journeys to the Heart of the Blues

2. Boz Scaggs, Out of the Blues

3. Buddy Guy, The Blues Is Alive and Well

4. Shemekia Copeland, America’s Child

5. Billy Price Band, Reckoning

6. Barbara Blue, Fish Out of H2O

7. Kat Riggins, In the Boys Club

8. Elvin Bishop’s Big Fun Trio, Elvin Bishop’s Big Fun Trio

9. Tas Cru, Memphis Song

10. Stevee Wellons Band, Born to Blues



Ken Batista

host, An American Sampler

top 10 albums


1. Blue Yonder, Rough and Ready Heart (New Songs Recordings)

2. Jonathan Byrd & The Pickup Cowboys, Jonathan Byrd & The Pickup Cowboys (Waterbug Records)

3. Olivia Chaney, Shelter (Nonesuch Records)

4. Jason Eady, I Travel On (Old Guitar Records)

5. John Gorka, True in Time (Red House Records)

6. Kathy Kallick Band, Horrible World (Live Oak Records)

7. Vivan Leva, Time is Everything (Free Dirt Records)

8. New Reveille, The Keep (Loud & Proud Records)

9. Pharis & Jason Romero, Sweet Old Religion (Lula Records)

10. Letitia Vansant, Gut it to the Studs (self-released)



Mike Canton

host, The Soul Show

top 10 albums


1. Ill Doots, Ill Doots

2. Adam & Kizzie, Book of EEDO, Volume 3

3. Georgia Anne Muldrow, Overload

4. Sheila E, Iconic Message 4 America

5. Tower of Power, Soul Side of Town

6. K. Avett, Lioness

7. Kandace Springs, Indigo

8. Kinetic, Songs of Lake Volta

9. N'Dambi & All Cows Eat Grass, Air Castles

10. Kosi, Stranger in Every Town


Dave Hutchinson

host, The Block Party

top 10 songs


1. Amber Mark featuring DRAM, "Put You On"

2. Samm Henshaw, "Broke"

3. Lil Simz, "101 FM"

4. Tierra Whack, "Fruit Salad"

5. Saba, "Smile"

6. The Internet, "Come Together"

7. Still Woozy, "Goodie Bag"

8. Benny Sings, "Passionfruit"

9. Kaiit, "OG Luv Kush p.2"

10. Frank Ocean, "Moon River"